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• A new Wal-Mart is scheduled to open today in Evergreen Park, Illinois– just across the street from where the village borders the city of Chicago.

Now, in the scheme of things this isn’t a big deal. After all, Wal-Mart has opened 25 stores just this week, according to the company’s website. But the opening has brought attention to the bittersweet results of opposing Wal-Mart’s growth plans.

You see, this store is only a few miles from where Wal-Mart wanted to build a store on Chicago’s South Side, but was unable to because local officials blocked its plans. So Wal-Mart went to Evergreen Park – and says it promptly got 25,000 applications from people wanting one of the 350 jobs that were coming available. Furthermore, Wal-Mart says that all but 500 of the applicants were residents of Chicago.

(Wal-Mart opponents question the veracity of Wal-Mart’s reporting.)

All of which suggests that while Chicago politicians may be satisfied with themselves for securing a neighborhood’s purity, they now face the prospects of a lot of sales tax revenue going elsewhere.

A new Wal-Mart is scheduled to open on Chicago’s west side later this year.

RFID Journal reports that Wal-Mart is beginning to use handheld radio frequency identification (RFID) readers, as well as planning to use a forklift reader and even wearable readers. The moves are part of the company’s aggressive RFID implementation program, which is now entering its second generation.
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